It’s that time of the year again, for the top 10 best and worst movies of 2016. This wasn’t a great year for movies. We’ve had a couple of great movies near Oscar Season but the rest of the year was disappointing to put it nicely. Here are my top 10 best movies of 2016. Now, we’re not going to agree on everything in this list, so let me know what your favorite movies of the year were. Without further ado, here we go.
Doctor Strange is one of the most obscure and weird comic book characters and Benedict Cumberbatch plays him perfectly. He completely inhabits the character. The action sequences in this film are outstanding, the visual effects enthralling and as for an origin story, Doctor Strange does a good job of keeping things fresh. While the humor is often hit or miss like most marvel’s movies, Doctor Strange is the best comic book movie of the year.
9.The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys is the most underrated film of the entire year. It’s brilliantly directed and wonderfully written by Shane Black. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crow are both terrific in this film as they search for a missing girl and their investigation leads to awkward and funny results. If you have not seen The Nice Guys I implore to check it out, definitely one of the most unique and interesting movies of the year.
8.Star Trek: Beyond
Star Trek Beyond had terrible marketing. It made it look like the franchise had run its course now that J.J. Abrams no longer was directing and Justin Lin who has not yet impressed me with anything he had directed. Star Trek Beyond was the biggest surprise of 2016 and it is by far the best movie he’s ever done and it’s just as fun and as exciting as the first 2. The characters are still great and they still have a fun banter back and fort and the story keeps the formula fresh and interesting, as the crew of the enterprise are forced to crash land on a planet after they encounter an alien race that destroys their ship. They must then fight to stay alive and bodily go where no man has gone before. Easily the best fun I’ve had all summer.
7.The Conjuring 2
The sequel to the best horror film of this decade is just as good as the original. This time, the Warrens go to Enfield in order to investigate a family that has been possessed by a poltergeist. James Wan is a master when it comes at directing horror films and The Conjuring 2 is no exception. But the characters come first and foremost in this fantastic sequel, which in my opinion is the best horror film of the year.
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are absolutely wonderful in this movie and the two make a charming couple, one that we can route for and pray that they survive multiple movies. This is horror at it’s finest and horror this good rarely happens and it should be celebrated.
6.Hell Or High Water
Hell Or High Water was a beautifully directed movie with terrific performances and amazing cinematography. Jeff Bridges is outstanding in this movie as well as Chris Pine and Ben Foster whom all have wonderful chemistry with one another. This is a fantastic film that is difficult to watch at times because of how it realistically depicts people whom don’t have much and have to rob banks to make there living and how hard life is for them. It’s a very bleak and depressing film but one that is a must watch for it’s terrific screenplay and amazing performances.
5.La La Land
I’m not the biggest fan of musicals, but this one won me over. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have terrific chemistry in La La Land, which is directed by the same director who made Whiplash, which also was one of the best movies of 2014. Both actors are terrific in this movie and the musical numbers are all fantastic and it’s beautifully shot and L.A. has rarely looked this good on screen. The film has an amazing soundtrack, but the song “City of Stars” is the best musical number in this movie.This movie is a love letter to all those who dare to dream and this is one of the best musicals ever made.
Arrival was an extremely thoughtful and poignant science-fiction film that realistically depicts what would happen if an alien race would just happen to arrive on earth one day. The film is incredibly well directed by Villeneuve and wonderfully acted by Amy Adams who deserves to be nominated for best actress. The atmosphere of this film is bleak and grim beautifully shot, which makes Arrival one of the most unique experiences you’ll have this year and makes me dying to see Blade Runner: 2049.
3.Star Wars: Rogue One
Rogue One delivered on everything it promised us and it was awesome. The entire cast is great and the story was interesting and it played perfectly into episode 4. Felicity Jones was perfectly casted as Jyn Erso and she was the most badass female action star of the entire year. It was a really suspenseful war film and Darth Vader was awesome. We finally got to see him be a badass again, something we haven’t seen since 1983 in Return of The Jedi. The action was epic, the space battles we’re amazing and the story was fantastic. Rogue One set the standard and achieved of what the Star Wars Anthology films should do, which is expand the universe of Star Wars beyond the episodes.
Silence is by far one of Martin Scorsese’s best film and one of his most thought-provoking. It has great performances and beautiful cinematography and direction and Andrew Garfield carries the movie on his shoulders with a haunting performance and absolutely deserves to get nominated for his performance. It’s a hard and a frustrating film to watch at times, because of its raw brutality and sheer power. It’s an extremely deep and haunting film and one that will leave you thinking about it long after it ends.
No other movie impacted me this year as much as Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, which is an inspiring story about a veteran who never fires a bullet but saves 75 lives at the battle of Okinawa. What he does is nothing short of courageous despite that everyone thought he was a coward before he finally proved those who doubted him all wrong. Mel Gibson masterfully directs this movie and Andrew Garfield gives the best performance of the entire year and the soundtrack is absolutely wonderful. This movie is a masterpiece and it is Mel Gibson’s best film to date and I can’t wait for the sequel to The Passion of The Christ. I absolutely love everything about this film.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my top 10 list and stay tuned for my worst of the year list and let me know what your top 10 favorite of the year was. 2016 has been a divisive year. Let’s hope 2017 will be better.